Attractions
 

Galabedda Biso Pokuna ( an ancient pond ) – 6 km

Remains of a palace complex lies at the village of Galabedde (Galebedda), 10.5 km from Monaragala on the Pottuvil road. This includes an interesting sluice gate ponds, moats, ramparts and the remains of a palace thought be of a local princess Sugala Devi dating from the 12th century A.D. The pool of the princess in the palace garden is one of the masterpieces of ancient Sinhala architecture. The pool is made out of solid rock with four water inlets from four sides. The water flows in the pond through the mouth of the mythical creature, 'Makara'. On one side of the pool lies an attractively carved toilet stone probably found among the ruins. 




Monaragala temple ( Rajamaha Viharaya ) – 3 km

This ancient temple which is having a high historical have is located in a jungle. To visit the place, you to park the vehicle on the main road and have to start climbing the steps through the forest







Maligawila –25 km


Maligawila lies about 15 kilometres off the Buttala town towards Okkampitiya. Famous for its giant free standing buddha statue of the 7th century, this monument was found fallen and broken in to pieces in 1951. An attempt was made in 1974 to raise this statue and failed. But in 1980 a local engineering team was able to raise this statue and restore it back to the ancient glory. This statue is carved out of a single limestone rock and stands about 14.5 metres high. This is the tallest free standing buddha image in the country. 


Dematamal Viharaya -20 km

The Dematamal Viharaya is located at Helagama on the Buttala-Okkampitiya road which leads to the Maligawila Buddha Statues. The temple lies about 4 km from the Buttala town. Located in the middle of paddy field, you can see the dark coloured Stupa and the bo-tree surrounded by the green paddy from the road itself. Though much attention is not paid by the average tourist the history of the temple complex is said to date back to the 3rd century BC. In addition to the peaceful and serene location, the temple ruins include pillars, guardstone, stone steps, an image house and a series of meditation cells.
   


Yudaganawa temple – 21 km

Yudaganawa Temple is located close to Buttala on the Wellawaya– Buttala Road. This is one of the largest Stupas in the country and dates back to 2 nd century BC. This is thought to be place prince Tissa and his brother prince
Gamini (Later The great king Dutugemunu ) had a major battle after the death of his father KingKavanthissa (2 nd century BC )

Rawanaella Waterfall – one hour drive

Posited on the Ella-Wellawaya road, the Ravana Ella falls is about 30 foot high and is perceptible from the main road. Its beauty lies in the fact that it is located in a strikingly beautiful backdrop of mountains and valleys and its water gushes down over many stairs. The place is a favored stop to rest for pilgrims

Diyaluma waterfall – one hour drive

Diyaluma waterfall is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It is 172m in height and is the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Diyaluma is at very close to the main road and the mist of waterfalls coming to the road also.







Buduruwagala – one hour drive


Surrounded by a beautiful man made ancient lake are the relatively unknown mysterious historic rock sculptures of Buduruwagala. These seven colossal figures pertaining to the Mahayana Buddhist Doctrine sculptured on to a rock face is still a controversy. The name Buduruwagala means "stone images of the Buddha," and at 51 feet here stands the tallest in Sri Lanka and perhaps in the world, since the Bamiyan figures no longer exist in Afghanistan. The sculpture at Buduruwagala is in lower relief unlike the other comparable Buddha statues in the country at Aukana (46 ft), Saseruwa (36 ft) and Maligawila (36 ft) and for all of which it may have served as a model. Near this place, there is an international meditation centre now getting very popular among foreign travelers who love yoga and meditation. The surrounding area provides the ideal
location for meditation.

Handapanagala Lake – one hour drive

Handapanagala tank area is home for the largest Elephant aggregation (Elephas maximus maximus) in Wellawaya area during the dry season. Most of these Elephants come from different areas mainly from adjacent protected areas such as Yala, Udawalawe and Lunugamwehera National parks.At around 4.00 pm, one can see wild elephants gathering near the lake.






Arugambay – one hour drive


Considered as one of the best surfing spots in the worl and best in south Asia








Lahugala – 45minutes


Lahugala Kitulana National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka. Despite its land area, the park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephant and endemic birds of Sri Lanka. The national park contains the reservoirs of Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa and they are ultimately empties to Heda Oya river






Ampara – one and half  hours drive



Senanayake Samudraya - 1 hour and 15 minutes

Badulla – 1 and half hours drive

Ella – one hour

Kandy – 3 hours

Yala / kataragama – one hour drive ( via Buttala )